CJ Ross' Baffling Draw Scorecard in Mayweather-Canelo Is Impossible to Defend
Floyd Mayweather dominated Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and he did so in a fashion that seemingly left no doubt who the winner would be when the verdict came in from the judges.
As the fight concluded, plenty of people felt similar to Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix:
Shutout for Mayweather on my card. 120-108. Didn't feel there were any especially close rounds, either.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) September 15, 2013
However, doubt came rushing in after the first score was announced as a 114 draw. Gasps and even laughs flew from the spectators in the arena and likely in living rooms all across the country.
Was boxing, a sport which is no stranger to "controversial" endings, about to see one of the biggest scoring atrocities ever?
Thankfully, the other judges apparently were actually watching the fight.
The draw scorecard belonged to C.J. Ross, and if that name sounds familiar, it would be because this is not her first time in the spotlight for a questionable score:
As you might expect, given the above tweet, Mannix was baffled and called for her job after Ross' draw was announced:
There it is CJ Ross. You should be fired.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) September 15, 2013
USA Today's Bob Velin passed along Mayweather's response to Ross' scoring:
I thought it was a joke.
I'm not in control of what the judges do. I'm a little shocked. ... Things happen in the sport of boxing. Everything is a learning experience.
Obviously, there is going to be plenty of speculation that Ross is dirty—that she is on the take and making a mockery of boxing in the process.
Maybe she just needs some laser eye surgery. I have no idea.
What I do know is that she will not be able to defend this decision no matter what her motives are.
At least in the Bradley-Pacquiao fight she wasn't on an island. Another judge agreed with her that Bradley won, and all three had it within two points.
However, that is not the case with this fight.
Ross is on an island with this score, and she will have a hard time finding even the staunchest Canelo supporter populating that little piece of land.
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